A new case of COVID-19 is being reported in Manitoba.

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer, says the newest probable positive case is a man in his 50s who lives in Winnipeg.

He says another case initially identified as probable has been ruled out and has been removed from the list.

That keeps the total number of lab-confirmed and probable positive cases in Manitoba at 20.

Public health officials continue to strongly advise all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential international and domestic travel. The recommendation also does not apply to normal personal travel in border communities for essential shopping or visits to the cottages. Those returning from either abroad or within Canada should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. 

Meantime, the Province says Research Manitoba is working with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) to invest in the Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity. The Manitoba government is investing $800,000 and the CIHR is investing more than $465,000 in three research projects including:

  • investigating how logistical systems can adapt to a pandemic at the University of Manitoba
  • developing a cost-effective, point-of-need diagnostic test for COVID-19 at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health
  • developing a COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Manitoba

Eleven community testing sites throughout the province are open. Click here for more information.